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Nadja Haiden
Assoc.Prof.PD Nadja Haiden, MD.MSc.Head of Neonatal Nutrition Team (NNT)

Department of Clinical Pharmacology
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-4806-0312
T +43 1 40400 21300


Anemia; Blood Coagulation; Enteral Nutrition; Milk, Human; Neonatology; Nutrition Therapy; Parenteral Nutrition

Research group(s)

Research interests

My main research focus is to understand the mechanism of adequate growth in extreme and low birth weight infants and to prevent disease in this context (necrotizing enterocolitis). Preterm infants with a birth weight less than 1500 grams have special nutritional needs in comparison to full-term neonates. During their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit an increased supply with energy, protein, vitamins and electrolytes is necessary to establish adequate growth. After discharge from the hospital special breast milk supplements or post discharge formulas are available to cover the special nutrient requirements. Scientific research in this field focuses on growth, adaequate supplementation with nutrients and long term outcome.  A second research focus is on anaemia of prematurity and coagulation disorders in preterm infants 

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Clinical research, prospective randomized controlled trials, osmolarity measurements of human milk, measurements with the MIRIS breastmilk analyzer, body composition measurements of preterm and term infants with the PEAPOD, coagulation measurements with COAGUCHEK, 


  • Das PIES Projekt: frühe Beikosteinführung bei Frühgeborenen (2013)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Anniversary Fund
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Comparison of bacterial counts in expressed breast milk following standard or strict infection control regimens in neonatal intensive care units: compliance of mothers does matter. Haiden N, Pimpel B, Assadian O, Binder C, Kreissl A, Repa A, Thanhäuser M, Roberts CD, Berger A. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Mar;92(3):226-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.11.018. Epub 2016 Jan 6
  2. Does visceral osteopathic treatment accelerate meconium passage in very low birth weight infants?- A prospective randomized controlled trial. Haiden N, Pimpel B, Kreissl A, Jilma B, Berger A. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 15;10(4):e0123530. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123530. eCollection 2015.
  3. Kreissl, A. et al., 2017. Starting enteral nutrition with preterm single donor milk instead of formula affects time to full enteral feeding in very low birthweight infants. Acta Paediatrica, 106(9), pp.1460-1467. Available at:
  4. Thanhaeuser, M. et al., 2018. Can Sequential Coagulation Monitoring Predict Major Haemorrhage in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants? Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 118(07), pp.1185-1193. Available at:
  5. Repa, A. et al., 2018. A Mixed Lipid Emulsion for Prevention of Parenteral Nutrition Associated Cholestasis in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial. The Journal of Pediatrics, 194, pp.87-93.e1. Available at: